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King of the Hill [VHS]
King of the Hill [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long overlooked gem, December 1, 1999
This review is from: King of the Hill [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I confess I haven't seen this movie on video -- I saw it only once at the theater several years ago when it was first released ... and I've always been baffled by its commercial failure. (Not even "sophisticated" moviegoers in New York, where I caught it at the only moviehouse that deigned at the time to screen it, seemed interested.) It's just plain terrific, and if perhaps by talking it up in this space I can help to convince its distributor to rerelease it, my words won't have been in vain. Understated, with beautifully muted colors and Soderbergh's unsentimental appreciation for depression-era life (and, eventually, survival) in a shabby St. Louis residential hotel. Based, as I recall, on a physician's memoir of his boyhood. Hope I haven't portrayed it as solemn and dreary -- it's anything but.


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